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Department of Emergency Management

NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program

Flier for the NY Citizen Preparedness Training event in Rochester.

Are you ready?

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters.

The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.  

This training course will provide an introduction to responding to natural or man-made disasters. Participants will be advised on properly preparing for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.

Each family that attends will receive one preparedness kit

When: Thursday July 25 at 6 p.m.
Where: Tomas P Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

All participants must register in advance.

Register here

About the Department of Emergency Management

The mission of the Department of Emergency Management is to coordinate, communicate and cooperate with all City Departments to prepare, protect, respond, recover and mitigate hazards and threats, be them natural, human-caused or technological. 

With effective planning, training and exercises, the Department of Emergency Management will work to lessen the impact of emergencies in the City of Rochester and assist our community to recover as quickly as possible.


Department of Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness

  • This kit has information about how to build a disaster supplies kit 
  • Additional emergency supplies you may need 
  • How to maintain your kit
  • Storage locations 

Build Your Emergency Kit

  • This is the emergency supply list provided by FEMA which could also be relevant and good to have 

Ready Emergency Supply List

  • This is a form that allows families to fill with all their information if they were to ever be separated in a disaster

Make a Plan Form

  • This page offers descriptions on certain emergency warnings and also how you can access them 

Emergency Alerts

Staying Informed

  • Signing up for Hyper Reach can allow you to receive community alerts by cellular device, email or landline numbers as well. You can be notified for local emergencies and community emergencies

Sign up for Hyper Reach

Information on first aid, CPR, Child Care, skill sets, lifeguarding, swimming, water safety, and more.

Red Cross Training

  • Stay in touch and prepared with whatever the forecast has to offer, this could also be good to add under the “weather” spotlight. Provides active alerts, forecast maps, radar, and river/lakes. Air quality

National Weather Service | NWS Social Media

  • Provides information on what to do in extreme heat situations, who is vulnerable in extreme heat, heat safety, heat watch and warnings, etc. Could also be good to add in cool sweep information but I know that information varies and is not the same for every city. 

Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Cool Sweep: Relief from summer heat

When the City enacts a Cool Sweep in anticipation of forecasted high temperatures, residents can beat the heat at Durand Eastman Beach, the City’s air-conditioned libraries and R-Centers and cool off at City pools and spray parks.

Photo a child at a Rochester spray park.

A Message from the Director


Frederick Rion Jr.

Welcome to the City of Rochester, New York’s Department of Emergency Management Website. As the Director of Emergency Management, I have the pleasure of working with the dedicated professionals from the many departments within the City of Rochester. In order for Emergency Management to be successful, we have to work together with all of our internal and external partners to ensure that we are doing our best to address the natural, manmade, and technological threats to our community. 

In addition to our efforts, I hope that all of our residents will take their own steps to be prepared for disasters or events by doing things like:

— Developing a family communication plan
— Building a preparedness kit
— Staying informed about emergencies or events


— By taking action and becoming involved in your own community

Within this website, you will find ways to do all of these things and much more! If you have any questions about what you can do or how you can prepare yourself and your family for events, feel free to contact me at Frederick.Rion@CityofRocheser.Gov or calling 585-428-6091.

Thank you. 

Frederick J. Rion, Jr., MSW, MPA, CEM®
Director of Emergency Management
City of Rochester, NY

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